Weekly message from Cypress Church: Choose honesty and integrity

2 Corinthians 8:21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.

My wife, Kristi, and I were in Costco today. It was packed. Now, we shop there a lot, and this is the most crowded I have ever seen it. Check-out lines were halfway down the store. Some people just abandoned their carts and walked out. However, most made the best of it, laughing about the crowds, letting people through the cross traffic, connecting with others, and biding their time on looking at their phones. We actually saw a few people we knew and chatted for a bit. Well, we made it to the check-out stand and the man in front of us was paying in cash. The cashier, who seemed a bit weary with the constant flow of people and she did not have someone helping her place scanned items back in the cart, counted out the man’s change and started in on our items. But the man did not head out. He was meticulously counting his change. The cashier looked a bit bothered that this guy was slowing up her progress. The man smiled and handed back a $20 bill and said to the cashier, “You gave me too much change.” The cashier looked a little embarrassed but thanked him and apologized and started to scan our order. She seemed appreciative of the man’s honesty, and it seemed to brighten her day. Honest and integrity has that kind of effect.

To be honest is to be truthful. Honestly is the practice of telling the truth and not being deceptive either though omission or misdirection.

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Integrity is to be blameless, to live honestly. Integrity is a sincerity of heart and intention, a truthfulness, and an uprightness.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

One of the greatest biblical examples of integrity is Daniel. In Daniel 6:1-28 120 people sought to find fault in him, but could not. That’s integrity.

Proverbs 10:9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

If there was ever a time our world needed a bit of honesty and integrity, it’s now. Just like the honest actions of that man giving back the $20 made that cashier’s day, so our honesty can brighten our world. Not only that, we feel better when we are being honest and living with integrity. Choosing honesty and integrity brings on peace, reduces stress, builds relationships, strengthens trust, and even creates a sense of well-being. Let’s be people who choose to be truthful and step up to integrity.

Church is a great place to learn more about honestly and integrity. Jesus is the best example to follow. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church/Neighborhood Church (same church, same heart, just a new name). We have three campuses; our website has all the information you would need. Every Sunday we learn from the Bible and seek to know God more. We would love for you to join us. Here is our website: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/).